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Hei Jo Shin | Martial Arts Minute #1

Hei Jo Shin 平常心 (Ordinary, Common, Everyday Mind or Presence of mind) Heijoshin is a term that is not commonly used in Karate but is an important part of Iaijutsu. Despite it’s rarity in karate-do it is a term and concept that applies. Heijoshin (or peace of mind) is the by-product of a person’s complete…

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Karate - 空手

I think of all the times in my life I’ve missed opportunities. Happens to the best of us I’m afraid. Opportunities, like time, are not in limitless supply. The trick is to be prepared before the opportunity ever presents itself. We must be ready so that when the door opens we can walk through without…

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Hanshi Jeff Ader - Okinawa Karate Blog

This is one of my favorite lessons.  I hope it’s meaningful to you as well. A Soft Answer – by Terry Dobson A turning point in my life came one day on a train in the suburbs of Tokyo, in the middle of a drowsy spring afternoon. The old car clanked and rattled over the…

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Hanshi Jeff Ader - Okinawa Karate Blog

The term karate-do is most commonly translated as “the way of the empty hand”. While many people think this means a form of self-defense that specializes in not using weapons, the real meaning of the words is much deeper than that. The kanji of karate-do actually depicts three separate and distinct concepts, which when put…

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